While PUBG has fallen from grace with some battle royale players on PC and console, its mobile version remains a huge hit, and the spinoff PUBG: New State is set to kick off its closed alpha soon. The alpha will run between June 11-13 exclusively on Android devices, though its eventual launch will also include iOS platforms. The test will also be exclusive to the US.
Krafton, the publisher behind the game, says the alpha "will be focused on measuring an early version of the game’s performance, server and network stability, and in-development gameplay systems." Players will drop into TROI, a new 8x8 map in the PUBG universe which examines the series' story universe in the year 2051.
"We are committed to using all the valuable community feedback and game data we receive during the Alpha Test to improve and deliver an experience that meets fan expectations when it launches,” said Minkyu Park, Executive Producer for PUBG: NEW STATE. "Our goal is to craft a truly enjoyable gameplay experience for players across the world, and we can’t wait to get the game into the community’s hands soon."
PUBG: New State is from the same team that made the original game and will launch as a free-to-play title later in 2021. Players can pre-register on Android, while those on iOS will need to wait for the game's announcement on that platform, which is scheduled for Q3 2021.
Players have until June 6 to register, after which time registration will be closed. The playtest will occur during the weekend of June 11-13.